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Articles by James Jaillet

James Jaillet is the News Editor for CCJ and Overdrive. Reach him at

Tracy Morgan crash update: Truck driver accepts deal to have charges dropped, avoid prison

Federal crash investigators claim Roper fell asleep at the wheel of the Walmart fleet tractor-trailer he was driving on the morning of June 7, 2014, ...

One week remains to comment on DOT’s proposed speed limiter mandate

Carriers have until Dec. 7 to file comments on the DOT's proposed speed limiter mandate. Here's the link to do so.

Indicators: Soft freight demand, excess capacity continue to drag rates

Linehaul rates, though up month to month, continued a streak of eight months of year-over-year losses. Conditions for shippers, however, could signal a looming period ...

Indicators: Tonnage, trucking conditions continued to slide in October and September

Freight and market conditions slipped in September and October, but both are expected to be near their bottom and climb in 2017.

OOIDA wants to court to reevaluate ELD decision, will push for rehearing

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association intends to file a motion asking the court that heard its lawsuit against the U.S. DOT’s electronic logging device mandate ...

ATRI: Autonomous vehicles to revolutionize trucking, but big hurdles remain

Autonomous trucks will drastically change the trucking industry, says the American Transportation Research Institute in a new report, with implications ranging from major regulatory reform ...

OOIDA files challenge to 2015 FMCSA med exam rule over sleep apnea provision

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has filed a challenge with a federal appeals court against a 2015 U.S. DOT rule that altered the driver medical ...

Trucking contributed $6.3 million to campaigns this cycle, mostly to Republicans

Trucking donations heavily favored Republicans, who received 82 percent of the industry’s contributions -- $4.89 million. Democrats received $1.03 million from the trucking industry.

Major carriers pull trucks off the road in response to freight/rates, but most intend to maintain size, surveys show

Some of the country’s largest carriers -- Swift, Werner and Covenant -- announced in their October-released third quarter earnings reports that they have pulled hundreds ...

Truckload pricing remained weak in October, reefer falls to multi-year low

Reefer rates skidded to their lowest point in nearly four years. Van and flatbed rates were unchanged from September, but were down a dime each ...

Speed limiters, aluminum wheels most common fuel saving devices for truck fleets, survey shows

The survey, which focused on fuel economy trends of heavy-duty truck fleets, also showed use of aluminum wheels, automated-manual transmissions and low-rolling resistance dual tires ...

Trucking adds 3,000 jobs in October, adjusted Sept. report bolsters gains

September’s revision changes the trucking employment landscape for 2016, with October’s gain now marking four straight months of solid gains.